Volunteers are the Reason the Mid State Trail is the 2019 Trail of the Year

– We were hiking, and the trail was really nice and is well blazed, and we thought “who does this?” And did a little digging around and that’s how we found the
Mid State Trail Association. That’s how we found
Keystone Trails Association. You know, I’m using this
land, I’m enjoying it, and when I found out it was volunteers, we volunteered because
we wanted to give back to the people who made
that enjoyable for us. So just kinda paying it forward. The group is important because we maintain the trails. We keep it going, we try to keep it open, we try to keep it available for everybody. – The comradery is fantastic, and they just work on all
the projects together. – I like the work, it’s a challenge. I like the people. I’ve met some of the nicest people. People that I’ll be friends
with for the rest of my life. It’s very difficult work
sometimes during the day, but you come back at night
and sit around the campfire, and then just talk to people. You hear the stories of people who’ve been
doing it for 20, 30 years and then the new people come along and add to the stories. – It would be nice to have more people that were able to meet and have work days. Right now the manager is quite available in the Everett region. After 11 years I’d like to back off. I will train or help anybody and get them to know the landowners. Individually we have people
come up from out of state, and I take them out and show
them the power equipment. – Being part of organizing clubs, the different officers,
the different things that organizers of the
maintaining clubs do. All the way from lopping, blaze painting, running a brush cutter, running a chain saw. There is work for every level. If you’re worried that
you can’t do the work, we’ll find something for you. Try it. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. It’s hard work, but it’s so rewarding.

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